Leonardo DiCaprio backed alliance promises $5M in aid for Amazon wildfires – Totally Vegan Buzz
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance Pledges $5 Million to Aid the Torched Amazon Basin
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Amazon this year has witnessed the highest number of fires since 2013 and almost 1,330 square miles of the rainforest has been charred.

With the widespread devastations the wildfires have unleashed on Amazon; many celebrities are doing their bit towards raising awareness and helping in salvaging the parched savannah.

Leonardo DiCaprio and his philanthropic associates-Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth have set up an Amazon Forest Fund through their initiative-Earth Alliance, pledging $5 million.

The alliance is also seeking donations for damage control in the Brazilian rainforest.

Founded last month, Earth Alliance is a climate change organization with a team of scientists and conservationists joining hands to preserve ecosystems and wildlife, establish climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights.

According to Earth Alliance, Amazon is releasing drastic amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and destroying an ecosystem that absorbs millions of tons of carbon emissions every year and is one of the planet’s best defenses against global warming.

To support Earth Alliance, Leonardo wrote the following message on his gram wall:

“Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth, has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with a commitment of $5 million dollars to focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the life-sustaining biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires currently burning across the region.

 100 percent of the donations will go to help protect the Amazon.

Earth Alliance is committed to helping protect the natural world. We are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Amazon, which highlights the delicate balance of climate, biodiversity, and the wellbeing of indigenous peoples.”

He added, “The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution. Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check.”

Earth alliance will disburse the collected funds to five local organizations that are fighting the fires, protecting indigenous lands, and rehabilitating the communities impacted: Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida, Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, Instituto Kabu, Instituto Raoni and Instituto Socioambiental.

Other charities that have taken up ‘The Save Amazon’ cause:

Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Trust
Amazon Watch

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#Regram #RG @rainforestalliance: The lungs of the Earth are in flames. ? The Brazilian Amazon—home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species—has been burning for more than two weeks straight. There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil). Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January.⁣ ⁣ The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution. Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check. ⁣ ⁣ The Amazon needs more than our prayers. So what can YOU do?⁣ ⁣ ✔ As an emergency response, donate to frontline Amazon groups working to defend the forest. ⁣ ✔ Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance’s community forestry initiatives across the world’s most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defense against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors. ✔ Stay on top of this story and keep sharing posts, tagging news agencies and influencers. ⁣ ✔ Be a conscious consumer, taking care to support companies committed to responsible supply chains.⁣ Eliminate or reduce consumption of beef; cattle ranching is one of the primary drivers of Amazon deforestation. ✔ When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action—including strong governance and forward-thinking policy.⁣ ⁣ #RainforestAlliance #SaveTheAmazon #PrayForAmazonia #AmazonRainforest #ActOnClimate #ForestsResist #ClimateCrisis ?: @mohsinkazmitakespictures / Windy.com

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